1J Affect Disord 2010 Oct 126: 312-6
TitleA genome-wide association study of bipolar disorder in Norwegian individuals, followed by replication in Icelandic sample.
AbstractIn the present study we investigated genetic variants associated with bipolar disorder in a homogenous Norwegian sample, and potential genetic overlap with schizophrenia, using the Affymetrix 6.0 array.
We carried out a genome-wide association study (GWAS) by genotyping 620 390 single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in a case-control sample of Norwegian origin (the TOP study) including bipolar disorder (n=194), healthy controls (n=336) and schizophrenia (n=230), followed by replication and combined analysis in a genetically concordant Icelandic sample of bipolar disorder (n=435), and healthy controls (n=10,258).
We selected 1000 markers with the lowest P values in the TOP discovery GWAS and tested these (or their surrogates) for association in the Icelandic replication sample. Polymorphisms on 35 loci were confirmed associated with bipolar disorder (nominal P value<0.05; not corrected for multiple testing) in the replication sample. The most significant markers were located in DLEU2, GUCY1B2, PKIA, CCL2, CNTNAP5, DPP10, and FBN1. The combined group of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder compared to controls did not provide additional significant findings.
Relatively small number of samples.
We detected weak but reproducible association with markers in several genes, in proximity to susceptibility loci found in previous GWAS studies of bipolar disorder. Further work is required to study their localization, expression, and regulation and international meta-analytic efforts will help to further elucidate their role.
SCZ Keywordsschizophrenia
2Eur J Med Genet 2012 Apr 55: 252-5
TitleCo-occurrence of Marfan syndrome and schizophrenia: what can be learned?
AbstractWe report on a young female patient diagnosed with Marfan syndrome upon admission to the psychiatric hospital for a first psychosis. Mutation analysis of FBN1 identified a de novo nonsense mutation (p.Glu178X). This finding implies co-occurrence of schizophrenia and Marfan syndrome, an observation that has been reported several times in the past. Although, this co-occurrence can be coincidental, several arguments provide strong evidence that Marfan syndrome and schizophrenia might share common etiological pathways. This observation can be important in light of both the etiology of schizophrenia and the diagnosis of Marfan syndrome.
SCZ Keywordsschizophrenia